Finland is a land of waterscapes and islands, with a diverse collection of more than 180,000 lakes, 179,000 islands amid its peninsulas, and two gulfs. Motorhomes can be hired from a number of locations, making this an ideal starting point if you're planning on a tour around Scandinavia. So read on, and find out what motorhome hire in Finland could have in store for you.
Finland is the Christmas destination, thanks to all that snow, reindeer, and it being the natural home to Father Christmas of course! Visit him and his elves at Santapark, the worlds first amusement park dedicated solely to Father Christmas, set within the Arctic Circle. This is a great day out for kids and for adults too! Just make sure that your motorhome is equipped with snow tires; we advise you check with your supplier beforehand if your motorhome comes installed with these when travelling in the winter months.
Northern Finland is home to other phenomenons which light up the sky, and none are more famous than the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights as they are more commonly known. This natural wonder takes place between the months of December and April. Another fascinating spectacle to behold in northernmost Finland in the winter is Kaamos; when at 2pm everyday between December and January the struggling light prevails, turning everything, from the sky to the snow, completely blue.
There are a large number of campsites and camping grounds distributed evenly all over Finland. Most are located within attractive settings located close to lakes, rivers, or the sea, and have pitches and electrical hookups for motorhomes. Many also offer a number of on-site amenities, such as washing facilities, snack bars, recreational activities and Finnish saunas.
If you're travelling in the wintertime, take note that many campsites close in the autumn and don't open up again until the end of April in southern Finland, and as late as June in northern Finland. However, wild camping is considered to be a human right, so setting up camp temporarily in the countryside, providing you stay a reasonable distance away from residential buildings and don't camp on beaches, should not be a problem. Just be sure that your motorhome has a good heating system, that you properly dispose of all rubbish, and don't light fires. Walking, skiing, cycling, and fishing are also activities which can be done freely in the countryside, with ice-fishing being particularly popular.
Finland is also a fine country to visit in the summertime, with the Finns themselves transforming into a nation of festival goers and pursuers of the great outdoors as they make the most of their all-too-brief time in the sun. Take the time to join in and learn to kayak or canoe on a pristine lake; take a trip to one of the many islands on the Finnish archipelagos; visit the city of Helsinki and buy souvenirs and fresh local produce from the Kauppatori market; attend one of the many festivals that take place during the summer, such as the bonfire, barbecue, and beer celebrations which accompany the Summer Solstice; or join in on the fun at the Wife Carrying Championships which takes place every July at Sonkajarvi.
Finland shares borders with Sweden and Russia. You can simply drive over the border into Sweden, but accessing Russia does require a visa, unless you take the ferry over to Saint Petersburg, in which case you are allowed to stay for a maximum of 72 hours visa-free. Ferries also run services to Tallinn in Estonia in under two hours. Just make sure to check with your supplier about travel restrictions.
With motorhome hire in Finland, you are really seeing the country in the best and most flexible way possible. Give Campanda a go and send us your rental request today!